A Capitol Fourth

Happy Birthday, America! Of all the cities I’ve ever been, Washington DC is my absolute favorite, and celebrating America’s birthday in the heart of our country is hands down the best. Doesn’t the 4th of July bring around all the feels?! It’s summer and it’s sunny (usually) and you eat the best food and you talk about our history and our Founding Fathers and how much you love America and you watch fireworks and you realize that you’re living your American Dream. <3

Both Nick and I have been to the The Capitol Fourth in the past because we’ve both lived in DC, but we’ve never been able to go together. As soon as we got to DC, we called our friend Ellen, who we both worked with in the Senate a few years back, to see if she was going. Of course she was. She kind of knows what she’s doing around DC. 🙂 Anyways, we were able to go join her and her friends on the lawn outside the Capitol Building and we had the best views!

Also, we made it on PBS! A few people texted me that they saw me. Even one cute lady wrote on my Instagram that she recognized me from some of my hair tutorials and she saw me on PBS. SO COOL!!!

Anyways, we danced the night away and sang along with The Beach Boys, Kellie Pickler, Trace Adkins and more. As the night grew darker, we could see the fireworks over by the Washington Monument. It was perfect.

God bless America!

Alyse

PS. Here are the links my outfit below. I was able to link the exact shirt I am wearing. I found it in plus sizes, but I think I just got the smallest one they had, and it’s turned out to be my favorite shirt. It’s so comfortable and the flower details are so cute. Also, throwing Nick’s shirt in there too because I love the little flag details. Everything is under $20, too! XOXO

Sunflower Fields in Tuscany 🌻


Driving through Tuscany, Italy was breathtaking. I have never seen so many fields of sunflowers in my life! I knew I had to take a picture. 

The only issue was that, once you get on the freeway in Tuscany, there are very few exits. You are basically on the freeway for a long time. As we drove by these flowers, it was like they were all staring at the cars passing by and teasing us with their beauty because we couldn’t even slow down to see them let alone take a picture of them!

We couldn’t even find any ways to get to any of them. Finally, we found an exit and ventured off to these one-lane back roads where we didn’t even know if we were allowed to be. We crossed a bridge and made it to a dirt road that was covered in giant puddles from recent rain.

Finally we saw some beautiful fields in the distance. We carefully drove our rental car through puddle after puddle until we got close enough to pull the car over. As you can tell from the photos above, there were mountains in the distance. The lighting was perfect and the flowers were huge! Honestly, our earth is so diverse and beautiful. What a gift from God! 100% obsessed with it.

🌻🌻🌻,

Alyse

The Trevi Fountain + the Spanish Steps


Day 1 in Rome was perfect! 

The first thing we did- after a 2 hour nap obviously- was go to the Trevi Fountain. The white marble looks amazing with the light blue water. The whole thing is massive, but so intricate. It was super crowded, but for good reason. 💦 

Then, we realized we didn’t have any coins at all! So we scoured the cobblestone streets until we found a little coin wedged between two stones. So glad I was able to make my wish and throw my coin. ✨ We hung around there for a while until we got hungry. We wandered down back roads until we found an adorable little pizzeria. 🍕 The first meal of our trip did not disappoint. But, it’s Italy, soooo… 😋

We then went to find the Spanish Steps to watch the sunset! The view at the top was worth every stair…and even worth me almost eating it on the walk up. 😅 The sky was pink & yellow & the view of Rome was stunning. We just sat there taking it all in. 

Finally, we got some delicious gelato & walked Barack to our adorable hotel. I am loving this so far. 

Also, this fun, yellow dress is from Banana Republic. I checked, but I don’t think the have it anymore, but I created a little collage of some other cute yellow summer dresses, all under $50. I’m not sure if I can attach the link through mobile though…. sooo we will see! 

It didn’t let me. :/ But here is my favorite one: YELLOW DRESS. I also think it’s stunning in white. 😍 

Ciao,

Alyse